Florence Ceramics was founded in 1949 in Pasadena, California by the very talented Florence Ward. She started producing fine ceramic figurines of fashionable ladies in her garage but soon moved to a larger factory due to the popularity of her work. She quickly became known for the intricate detail and fine craftsmanship. Her work was never sold directly to the public but rather to department stores, floral shops, and wholesalers. This is lovely "Vivian", a fine example of the attention to detail that went into a Florence figurine. Vivian was inspired by Vivian Leigh in "Gone with Wind" and is dressed in a lovely pink dress with wide bell sleeves. She holds a petal shaped parasol with gold handle and trim. Her pink hat is made from tiny flowers (individually pressed through a mold) and ties with a gold accented ivory ribbon. Her articulated fingers have pink nail polish that matches the color of her dress and she holds a gold trimmed lace purse. Other than a small amount of missing lace to the purse, Vivian is in excellent condition--no chips, cracks, etc. (I apologize for any reflection in the photo that may lead you to wonder if there is any missing paint...there is not...just camera reflection.) She measures 10-1/2" tall and carries the Florence Ceramics stamp on the bottom as well as the incised "Vivian" and the artists initials: HI, representing artist Hjardis Jensen. This piece can be found on page 91 of the Florence Ceramics book by Barbara & Jerry Kline and Margaret Webrspaun with a value of $300-$400.
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